Billie Lourd suffered pains from the ruthless whips of death when her mother Carrie Fisher and grandmother Debbie Reynolds died within a few hours from each other.
The 25-year-old is known for her breakout role in Scream Queens, a horror-comedy movie. She’s the only child of Carrie Fisher and Bryan Lourd, a talent hunter.
Billie studied Religion & Psychology at New York University, graduating in 2014.
The American actress recently opened up to Town & Country about how she has been keeping up with the harsh realities of losing her mom and grandmother who died at 60 and 84 respectively.
Image shows Billie Lourd, Carrie Fisher and Debby Reynolds.
Debbie died on 25 December, and her daughter Fisher left this world few hours later.
“When Debbie died the next day, I could just picture [Fisher] saying, ‘Well, she’s upstaging me once again, of course — she had to,'” Billie added in a sorrowful voice.
Fisher’s only daughter was offered the role of Lieutenant Connix in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). She is also among the cast for the next sequel Star Wars: The last Jedi.
Despite her achievements as a Hollywood big wig, the young actress says it hasn’t been an easy road walking in her mother’s shoes.
However, she credited Fisher as the inspiration behind her growth in the industry.
“The first thing I did was ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,'” she told the news outlet.
“The thing is, I was bizarrely comfortable on set. My mother would pull me aside and be like, ‘It’s weird that you’re so comfortable here. This is the most uncomfortable environment in the world. If you’re comfortable here, you should do this.'”
Image: Billie Lourd
She also expressed gratitude to her grandmother Debbie, who she acknowledged as one of those whose invaluable contributions helped in harnessing her raw artistic talents.
“Debbie was still encouraging me to put an act together. Literally three days before she died, she was like, ‘What numbers are you going to put in your act? Who are you going to impersonate?'” she said.
Billie recalled she replied that people no longer do acts as much anymore.
“And she [Debbie] came back, ‘That’s why if you do one you’ll be more successful than anyone else,'” she told Town & Country.
The young actress said it hasn’t been easy living as Princess Leia’s daughter, not to talk about being Leia herself. The name weighs a lot on Billie.
However, the young girl stressed that shaking off the pressure got easier after she learnt that breaking away from a particular iconic character, is the only way to fight all challenges which come with the acts.
“You have to make sure you have a lot of variety, and make sure you choose roles that aren’t similar to others, or else you get pigeonholed as one thing,” she said.
Billie continued: “I’ve always kind of lived in their shadows, and now is the first time in my life when I get to own my life and stand on my own.
“I love being my mother’s daughter, and it’s something I always will be, but now I get to be just Billie.”